So, you’ve got a new high refresh rate 1440p monitor? Then realized your current graphics card is capable of reaching the glorious 144Hz performance in exactly zero games? Now you need a GPU that will be able to render your favorite titles in 1440p resolution and above 100Hz, right?
Well, don’t fret because we prepared the ultimate list of GPUs capable of providing 1440p 144Hz experience. No matter if you want to play AAA titles on max details or just want to run games in 1440p resolution at 144Hz regardless of visuals, we’ve got you covered.
Best Graphics Cards for 1440p 144Hz Gaming – Our Picks
|Best Graphics Card for 1440p 144Hz Gaming w/ No Compromises||EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti XC ULTRA GAMING|
|EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Black Gaming|
|Best Graphics Card for AAA Games at 1440p 144Hz w/ Lower Settings||ASUS GeForce RTX 2070 Super Overclocked|
|Sapphire Radeon Nitro+ RX 5700 XT|
|Best Graphics Card for eSports, Older Titles, and Indie Games at 1440p 144Hz||XFX RX 5700|
|MSI RTX 2060 Super Gaming X|
|Best Budget Graphics Card for a 1440p 144Hz Experience||ZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 Super|
Some minimum requirements to compliment your card for 144Hz gaming
Before we serve the main dish, let’s talk about other components needed for 1440p 144Hz gaming. First of all, you need a capable CPU. We wouldn’t go with anything lower than the Core i5 9400 (the 9400F version without the integrated GPU is noticeably cheaper) or Ryzen 5 3600. These two are great mid-range CPUs for gaming, especially the Ryzen 5 3600. That should be the sweet spot at the moment.
The best price to performance choices includes the Ryzen 7 3700X and Core i7-9700K.
When it comes to memory, 16GB of fast RAM (3000, 3200MHz) is the minimum. If you own a 3rd gen Ryzen CPU, go with 3600MHz/3800MHz low-latency memory. Ryzen CPUs love fast memory that works in sync with Infinity Fabric.
Best Graphics Cards for 1440p 144Hz Gaming w/ No Compromises
Let’s get one thing straight before we start shelling out graphics cards left and right. A true no compromises 1440p 144Hz graphics card for gaming doesn’t exist. Some games, such as AC: Odyssey, Red Dead Redemption 2, Metro Exodus, or Control won’t get near 144Hz with all settings maxed. But there are a couple of options that can run most games with maxed out settings at 1440p and 144Hz.
The logical choice. The EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti XC is the best graphics card on the market that has a relatively sane price. You can always go with RTX Titan but, you know, that thing costs like two RTX 2080 Ti’s. Anyway, the RTX 2080 Ti should run most games at 1440p and at least 120 frames per second with all settings maxed out.
And a large amount or recent titles will reach at least 100 frames with RTX 2080 Ti with the best possible graphics settings. You won’t be able to run certain graphics hogs higher than 60-70 frames with maxed-out settings. But even titles such as RDR 2 will run higher than 100 frames with some options turned down a notch or two. If you want the best 1440p 144Hz experience, get the RTX 2080 Ti.
The second choice, the EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Super, is much better option for your wallet. Yes, the RTX 2080 Ti is a beast of a card that offers the best possible gaming experience right now. But the RTX 2080 Super is only about 15 percent slower than its bigger cousin while selling for almost 50 percent lower price.
Performance-wise, most games will run around 100 frames or higher with maxed out settings. You will get a steady 60 fps even in the most demanding titles. And eSports and indie games will run so fast they’ll break your monitor. That’s a pretty good deal for the price.
Best Graphics Cards for AAA Games at 1440p 144Hz w/ Lower Settings
If you’re ready to lower some visual settings in order to achieve 144 FPS in most games, you don’t have to go for the best cards available today. Something like RTX 2070 Super or RX 5700 XT will do the trick.
The primary choice is the ASUS GeForce RTX 2070 Super. The RTX 2070 Super is a potent card, even for running games on max settings at 1440p resolution. You can get near 100 frames per second in most titles, with the lowest result hovering around 60-70 frames with system hog titles. Definitely not bad.
Turn down the most demanding settings and you’ll get over 100 frames in virtually every title. With eSports, you can easily reach 144 frames per second in every single title. As an added bonus, you get RTX and DLSS support. And DLSS is getting better and better. Enabling it in games that support it will make reaching the 100+ frames level a bit easier.
The RTX 2070 Super alternative from AMD is a superb graphics card for the money and for this we recommend the Sapphire Radeon Nitro+ RX 5700 XT. The RX 5700 XT packs almost the same power as the RTX 2070 Super but costs way less. If you’re not interested in RTX and DLSS support, get this card and do your 1440p 144 Hz gaming for less money.
The only potential hitch could be driver issues. AMD was never good at graphic drivers and driver issues have hit the RX 5700 XT pretty hard at release. Many users reported problems but it seems most of those issues got resolved in recent driver updates. Just in case, make sure that the store you buy the card from allows no question asked returns.
Best Graphics Cards for eSports, Older Titles, and Indie Games at 1440p 144Hz
If your main source of gaming delight lays in eSports games, old classics, and indie titles, getting an RTX 2060 Super or RX 5700 could be perfect for you. Both cards are excellent choices for 1440p 60 Hz gaming but can they deliver enjoyable 1440p 144Hz experience?
The XFX RX 5700 is the best upper mid-range card you can get right now. It’s almost as fast at the RTX 2060 Super but it sells for 25 percent less. A great deal overall. The card is capable of running virtually any game at 60 frames per second with details ramped up. Even the most demanding titles should reach about 50 frames.
So, if you’re ready to forget that high and ultra-visual settings exist, this is a solid choice for 1440p 144Hz gaming. Set options to medium or low with textures on max, and the card will push more than 100 frames in every game.
eSports titles will easily reach 144 frames. Some nondemanding titles with work great, even with max details (CS: GO, Dota 2, LoL, Overwatch, WoW). And, of course, indie titles and classic games will work wonderfully.
Basically the same story as with the RX 5700. Turn down settings to medium or low (in some cases) with textures on max and most games will run above 100 fps at 1440p. Hell, some less demanding/optimized AAA titles will run at high/max settings (Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order, Doom Eternal, Wolfenstein Youngblood) at 100 frames or more.
The MSI RTX 2060 Super Gaming X is more expensive, but if you’re into RTX it’s worth it. It allows playing RTX titles at steady 60 frames with DLSS turned on, so that’s nice. You also get 8 gigs of video memory instead of 6 GB, the amount found on the RTX 2060.
Finally, if you want to run eSports titles at 144 frames regardless of settings while playing other games at regular 60 frames per second, these two cards are probably the best budget choices. They both are capable of running almost every game at 60 frames per second with max settings. Titles where you have to make some sacrifice to reach 60 fps include Control, Borderlands 3, Red Dead Redemption 2, Monster Hunter: World, Warhammer: Total War II and Total War: Three Kingdoms.
Best Budget Graphics Card for a 1440p 144Hz Experience
And as an added bonus, let’s talk about an ultra-budget choice. What if you want to run eSports titles at 1440p and 144 fps with the lowest possible settings and are ready to play other games at 60 fps or less, also on low settings? And happen to have a budget of a couple of hundreds of dollars/euros?
Well, the Zotac GTX 1660 Super can run eSports titles at 144 frames per second, just be ready to shave off those visual settings harder than a barber after Movember. The Alternatives would be RX 5600 XT or RTX 2060. But these two are 1080p performance cards, they cost much more than the RTX 2060 Super. And, if you’re ready to buy one of those two it’s much better to save some more money and get RX 5700 or RTX 2060 Super.